Master Sommelier

score

92

2019 Caythorpe Family Estate Chardonnay

Marlborough

New Zealand

Concentrated, elegant notes of white peach, lemon and pear, accompanied with vanilla pods and almond. The palate is generous, weighty and creamy with excellent length and vibrant stonefruit flavors.

Winemaker's notes

Estate grown exclusively on “Caythorpe” upon medium silt loam, alluvial gravel soils. The 2019 growing season was characterized by an early bud burst and a hot, dry summer which allowed for a fantastic ripening period leading into harvest. Two cane, clone 95 vertical shoot positioned vines were carefully managed with early season shoot thinning, post-fruit set bunch thinning, and a medium level of leaf exposure to deliver fruit with concentrated flavors, yielding 3.5kg/vine.

A single small batch was carefully isolated in the vineyard based on fruit maturity and concentration. Harvested in the cool morning to preserve flavors, gently pressed and fermented in new (15%) and seasoned French oak with a portion of indigenous yeast to accentuate single vineyard expression. The wine has undergone full secondary malolactic fermentation; a total of 11 months in barrel.

Details

Vintage2019 RegionMarlborough VarietyChardonnay ClosureScrew cap ColorWhite Volume750ml Case size12
Alcohol Level 13.5% Acidity 5.1 pH 3.35

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